Islip Cinemas

410 W. Main Street,
Islip, NY 11751

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wally 75
wally 75 on September 27, 2007 at 8:17 pm

thanks john..glad you knew how to get that to ct..

i tried last night…

thanks again..

JohnMoviola
JohnMoviola on September 27, 2007 at 7:44 pm

An article from Suffolk Life about the future of Islip Triplex Theater.

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Bway
Bway on September 25, 2007 at 6:21 pm

I didn’t put two and two together….I remember seeing photos of the Patchogue Plaza Theater on your website also…Great stuff. I heard the Plaza is finally going to be put out of it’s misery soon.

lioddities
lioddities on September 24, 2007 at 4:03 pm

I have hosted the pictures on my site and my own message board lioddities.com. What I meant is it would be nice if they could be added here so that it shows up at the top, without having to click a link to see it. This site is wonderful though, so I am not complaining about this minor detail.

Hey, thanks for the offer of help though. :)

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 20, 2007 at 6:22 am

LI Oddities… You can easily sign up for a free photo-hosting site on the internet such as photobucket.com or webshots.com. Once you’ve uploaded your photos there, you can link to them here with a simple cut and paste into your comments. I’ve posted scores of images on CT using that method.

If you consider yourself computer-challenged, I’d be very happy to host your photos on my photobucket account and post them here for you… But it really is a very simple process to do yourself. You can click on my email address from my profile page if you’d like to contact me.

lioddities
lioddities on September 20, 2007 at 6:09 am

I have some pictures of this theater I took just before it closed. I wish the picture post feature still worked.

JohnMoviola
JohnMoviola on September 9, 2007 at 7:38 pm

There will be a public hearing on the future of the Islip Theater on Sept 18th. The announcement should be in the newspaper. I was told by someone who would know that the theater will not be demolished, but be converted to a “multi-use” facility. I won’t make it to the hearing, I hope someone will and report here.

poster
poster on August 2, 2007 at 9:10 pm

i worked there after it was loews from ‘02 till closing weekend….its very saddening to see it go..i grew up in that town and spent my childhood seeing movies there…i knew someone who was interested, but that place needed a million or more of work to be done…just the roof alone and the giant underground stream that ran through the damn place..it was a disaster…wish we could have done somthing, that place has so much potential.

natschultz
natschultz on July 15, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Islip Theater to be demolished! :(
Yet another testament to Islip Town corruption.
In the July 12, 2007 edition of the Islip Bulletin (islipbulletin.net) there is an editorial that says the property was bought by a construction firm: J.J. Nazzaro Associates. No more info is given except that it will probably be yet another “mixed use” residential on top, commercial below building.
Media info. since the closing has been limited, other than a few articles over the past year by locals wanting to keep the theater standing.
I looked up the construction firm and found that it has contributed to local Democrats and recently was a member of a panel created this past February by new Democrat Town Supervisor Phil Nolan aimed at making it easier for developers to build in the town. (BTW: Islip has been a Republican stronghold for over 40 years until a special election last year that split the vote between 2 competing Republicans and ended up electing a Democrat for the first time. So far we’ve been in a stale-mate here, with the exception of a local florist whose shop burned down being prevented from rebuilding because he has campaigned for Nolan’s Republican rival in the past. Nolan supports allowing developers to run amok, while the actual locals who live here are constantly complaining about the over-development and loss of our Main Street’s charm.)

I used to work at the Islip Theater when it was owned by Loews ~1999-2002. It was owned by Cineplex Odeon who was bought out by Loews who then went bankrupt (I think) after building way too many multiplexes. They sold the theater dirt-cheap to some company in Mass. for $150,000 or something. That company also owned Sayville and started a new theater in Seaford. I worked for Loews multiplex in Stony Brook for a few months (that sucked) and then transferred over to Seaford Cinemas with my old manager. At some point Islip was sold to someone else and as far as I know it began to fail. The guy we worked for at Seaford gave me bad vibes and I quit; 2 weeks later my manager was transferred to another theater so the boss could give his loser son-in-law his job. About a year later they were fired after the company realized that they were stealing money. I think that company still owns Sayville and Seaford.

Islip was a nice theater, except that it was out-dated in the sense that there was no air-conditioning (only an old cooling system). The new company had replaced some of the seats, but under Loews it pretty much was left to disrepair. It could never compete with the multiplexes, but it was great for local parents who could just drop their kids off and not have to worry. The 2 theaters downstairs were nothing memorable, but the upstairs theater was cool because it retained the original balcony lay-out with a new floor and extra seating below, and the original staircase was still there. The bathrooms were original (except the sinks and stalls in the girl’s room; the men’s room had cool old urinals), so that was cool.
I remember seeing The Dark Crystal there when I was a little kid before it was converted to a triplex.

Sadly, there really was no way that someone could have afforded to keep it as a theater: it just needed too much work and the profit margins are just not there in movies anymore.
I was hoping that it could be converted to a combination small theater upstairs for art films and a community art center downstairs. That’s what the people in the community keep saying they want, both after the sale of the old roller skating rink and now the theater. Sadly, the town ignores the people and allows corporations and developers to come in and demolish historic buildings to build even more stores. Trust me, we do not need any more box stores!

Unfortunately, $825,000 is the value of the land (actually, it’s worth more empty), not the building, which pretty much guarantees a demo. Personally, I think the town should prevent it’s demolition. The building appears small from the outside because of how the front was designed to not tower over Main Street by a 1-story foyer with marquee and balustrade above. But in actuality the building is huge – there was a huge storage area behind the screens. Housing here is so limited and so expensive that they could easily convert it into 9-10 luxury condos with the original entrance and public bathrooms and staircase as a focal point. That’s what they did with the historic 1920’s Vitagraph film studios in Bay Shore.

Tearing the building down is sacrilege. At this point I would accept turing it into anything as long as the building is not torn down.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on June 12, 2007 at 7:42 am

yes but that does not get printed in the papers for about 90 days…….

RevTaz4
RevTaz4 on June 12, 2007 at 7:18 am

Since it was a public auction, shouldn’t the person or persons be a matter of public record?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 8, 2007 at 4:31 am

Who was the winning bidder?!?

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on June 7, 2007 at 2:30 pm

THEATER SOLD AT AUTION FOR $850,000

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on June 7, 2007 at 2:29 pm

anyone go to the auction.

wally 75
wally 75 on May 30, 2007 at 2:00 pm

I TALKED TO CLEARVIEW TODAY….THEY ARE VERY INTERESTED AND WILL BE THERE NEXT WEEK….

LETS HOPE

wally 75
wally 75 on May 29, 2007 at 4:43 pm

thanks for info…

wally 75
wally 75 on April 30, 2007 at 4:22 pm

OOOPS..SHOULD READ “NOT” ON TOWN OF ISLIP RADAR….

wally 75
wally 75 on April 30, 2007 at 4:20 pm

PS…ISLIP TOWN WILL ONLY AUCTION ON ISLIP THEATRE IF IT WAS BEHINDE TAXES…BUT..IT TAKES TWO YEARS FOR THAT TO HAPPEN AND THE
THEATRE HAS BEEN CLOSED ONLY SIX MONTHS…AND AS I SAID THIS IS NOW ON TOWN OF ISLIP RADAR…

wally 75
wally 75 on April 30, 2007 at 4:05 pm

HERE NOW THE NEWS….
AUCTION IS THE SIGN POSTED ON THE DOOR…
I WAS ON THE PHONE ALL DAY DAY TRACKING DOWN THE FACTS…
NO ONE IN THE TOWN OF ISLIP KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT IT..
I TALKED TO SUFF. COUNTY AUCTIONS…NO RECORD OF IT…IF IT HAPPENS
IT WILL BE IN OCT.O7'….I ALSO CHECKED THE DEED CHAIN BACK TO O5'
NEW ISLIP PROP.LLC. IN MASS…
1 800 660 6553 IS THE NUMBER OF THE PEOPLE THAT WILL HANDLE AUCTION..
TOWN OF ISLIP[EVERYONE I TALKED TO DO NOT WANT THIS TO HAPPEN!!!!
THEY DON’T WANT A CVS OR WALGREENS FACING CITY HALL…
MAYBE SOMEONE FROM CABLEVISION AKA CLEARVIEW WILL BUY IT.. THAT WOULD GIVE THEM TWO THEATRES IN SUFFOLK..BABYLON BEING THE ONE ..
I WILL BE TALKING TO PAM GREEN AND SEE IF THEY CAN BLOCK THIS..
MAKING ISLIP A LANDMARK…
I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED…

RonMotta
RonMotta on April 27, 2007 at 8:39 am

Any news on this?